Tips and Recommendations

Introduction

  • Now the puppy comes into his new family. This also means a lot of stress for the little soul. Therefore it is important not to produce unnecessary stress. Give the puppy some time to get used to the new environment. Only after a few days/weeks you can take him with you, invite the friends or family or leave the puppy alone at home.
  • Please, never yell at a dog. Do not use force. Greyhounds are very sensitive. You can only destroy the confidence that you have already built. If you have any problems, please contact me. You can return the dog at any time if you are not clear with the daily requirements. I hereby commit myself to take the dog again at any time. Exact details are contractually agreed.
  • Please be careful with your dog. Take good care if you hold it up. An unfavorable slide can mean a leg break. Please think about an op insurance. There are very good op insurances. We have had very good experiences with Uelzener insurance. Especially at the beginning you should be very careful where the puppy is in adjustment phase. Young children should never play alone with the puppy. Always give yourself some time to control child-puppy games.
  • Pay attention to linen duty, dog leashes, if necessary. Do not underestimate the danger of big dogs! Do not let the dog play with very large, wild dogs. The injuries can often be fatal. Instead, please look for meaningful jobs for your dog. Many italian greyhounds are excellent racers. On the website of DWZRV you can find all information about how to race or coursing with the dog. But also in the garden you can have a lot of fun! School for dogs can be very useful at the beginning!

 

Medical and nursing care

  • Pay attention to a good medical and nursing care! Don’t forget to vaccinate your dog! If you travel abroad, you should vaccinate against rabies! With Pet Passport you can also take your dog with you abroad. In spring, you are supposed to tackle ticks and fleas prophylactically. A tick bite can transmit Lyme disease! If you live in a region where ticks with Borrelia are widely used, a vaccination against Lyme disease is important! Only in the winter there is no warning! There are no ticks/fleas because it is too cold for them. It is important to make a worm cure every 3 months. If you want, you can do a test at the vet to see if the dog is infected and then deworm.  Be very careful with the question of castration. Castration is usually not necessary for a single dog in the household. According to paragraph 6 of the German Animal Welfare Act, castration is only permitted by veterinary indication, which means that castration must be discussed with the veterinarian and must also be agreed upon. We’ve already practiced brushing and clawing! We advise you to clean the dog’s teeth every day. Occasionally you have to cut the claws. Please be very careful and let us teach you this activity if you have no experience – risk of injury!

 

Diet

  • Your dog deserves the best possible food! We prefer BARF, preferably wet food. Feed them in the most varied and diverse ways. Your dog is a carnivore. However, if you feed your dog with dry food, please supplement the food with feed, fruit, wet food from the can. Your friend will be grateful to you!  Please never feed boiled, fried or in any form heat bone! This can become dangerous because the bones become brittle! Chocolate and xylitol (birch sugar) are poisonous! You can find lists of toxic substances on the Internet.

 

Other Tipps

  • Please do not leave the dog alone for more than 4 hours! Actually, three hours is a lot! There’s no reason to leave your dog alone. Either buy a second italian greyhound, seek care for the dog or take a dog with you. Being alone provokes behavioral disorders and makes your dog sick.
  • If temperatures go higher in spring, be careful! Never leave your dog alone in the car at warm temperatures. Heat kills! Also a shaded car park or slightly open windows are not sufficient protection for dogs. Even on cooler spring or autumn days, the underestimated temperature in a car can have bad consequences for our dogs.
  • In cold weather, you draw your italian greyhound. Even in the rain. Italian greyhounds are very warm in need.
  • Last but not least, we mustn’t forget how much joy the little goblins give you! Play a lot with your italian greyhound! This will strengthen the positive bond with the dog. Inform yourself well about the needs, problems and living with a dog. You should also be aware of the following problems: An italian greyhound likes to sleep in bed; do not like to walk in cold or rain; house cleanliness can take a little longer – surprises are also possible after the puppy’s age! It is not uncommon for a italian greyhound to be 15 or 17 years old! I wish you a lot of fun and joy on the common way of life with your dog and thank you for your confidence!

Zeljko Madaric

Düsseldorf, 06.01.2018